William C. Ross, 81, is a Tucson resident who spent 22 years working on- and off-air for radio stations in Knoxville, Tenn., Norfolk, Va., and Pittsburgh. In 2009, Ross, now retired, began writing a poem a day using words from dictionary.com as a way to keep his mind sharp. Ross continues to write poetry, which he regularly posts to his Facebook page. His poem, “Threnody for the Fallen,” was written in honor of America’s fallen soldiers and was submitted for Memorial Day.

Threnody for the Fallen

Step off the march slowly,

Sing the threnody lowly.

Make plain and muted the decoration.

We mark the sad falling

Of those who answered the calling,

Those we now honor with our celebration.

Let their silent voices reach us

And solemnly teach us

That peace only comes with a price.

May their memory not dim.

May our requiem hymn

Be an elegy to their sacrifice.

Today, we soothe our wounded nation

And try to bind up all her sores.

Now, we must be off to fight

Another war to end all wars.

A threnody is a lamentation, especially for the dead.